virginia katz

land current

My Land series of works focuses on the sublime physicality of nature associated with the cycles of flux, upheaval, and regeneration found both in the environment and as metaphors in our personal lives. Through landscape painting, the works tell a story of humanity’s dependency on , and shared nature with , the environment and its continuing evolution.

Each series in Land begins from the standpoint of form and painting’s relationship to the the picture plane. The Relief Paintings and Interventions create form from the surface outward; the Mixed Media Prints excavate below the surface of the paper inward, creating peaks and valleys in the paper through debossing; and the Watercolors attempt to disperse the image into transparency. These bodies of work attempt to reflect the various cycles of natural form through painting techniques.

My Relief Paintings represent the three-dimensional natural form that is our environment and begin from the surface outward. They are composed of inches-thick acrylic paint that becomes recreated landscape formations and scenes through various layers of manipulated paint handling. There are no supports under the paint but rather through processes of the drying time of paint, I create these representational replicas. Three-dimensional natural form enters the landscape painting genre which has been a two-dimensional painting practice.

In more recent works, the paint forms of leaves, vines and flowers are made free of the panel and are incorporated first into the landscape during Interventions before they are retrieved and recycled into paintings. My intention is to completely unite painting with landscape, its source, providing the opportunity for the man-made paint forms to become landscape. During the Interventions, the paint forms are filmed and photographed.

Settings of entanglement, variation of plant life, distressed landscapes and Interventions are metaphors for our commingled relationship with nature and landscape.

The Relief Paintings are shown on the wall and on pedestals. Interventions are integrated into various locations.

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Unstable

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand on Wire and Hand Painted Egg Shells
Nest diameter 6" x 4", Complete dimensions 16” x 13” x 4”, 2021

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Unstable (Intervention)

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand on Wire and Hand Painted Egg Shells Incorporated on Site
2021

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Network

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand on Wire Fencing
16" x 15" x 7", 2021

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Symbiosis

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Integrated on Panel with Wire Fencing
28" x 30" panel size, 35" x 40" x 9.5" complete dimensions, 2020

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Remains

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Integrated on Panel with Wire Fencing
15" x 24" panel size, 25" x 34" x 7" complete dimensions, 2020

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Relativity

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Integrated on Panel with Wire Fencing
24" x 15" x 5" panel dimensions
30" x 19" x 5" complete dimensions, 2019-2020

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Shared Sustainability

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand on Wire Fencing
16” x 15” x 5”, 2019

Intervention IV

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Incorporated (temporarily) on Site
2019

Intervention III - Rain

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand in the Studio and Incorporated (temporarily) Into the Landscape
2019

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Intervention - Wind Resettlement

Acrylic Paint Forms Made by Hand in the Studio and Mingled with Plant Material (temporarily) on Location
2019

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Intervention I

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Incorporated (temporarily) on Site
2018

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Intervention III - Day View

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Incorporated (temporarily) on Site
2018

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Intervention III - Night View

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand in the Studio and Incorporated (temporarily) on Location
2018

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Interchange

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Integrated on Panel with Wire Fencing
20" x 16" x 5" panel dimensions
27" x 18" x 5" complete dimensions, 2018

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Like So Many Leaves ...

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Integrated on Panel with Citrine, Peridot, Chalcedony, Gold and Silver Leaf
20" x 16" x 2.5", 2018

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Like So Many Leaves ... - detail -


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Watershed

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Integrated on Panel
20" x16" x 5", 2018

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Unsteady Ground

Acrylic Paint Formed on Panel with Pearls and Turquoise
12" x 16" x 3", 2018

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Uprooted

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel with Aquamarine, Citrine, Uncut and Cut Diamonds,
Black Tourmaline, Rutilated Quartz and Malachite
20" x 16" x 4", 2017

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Uprooted - pedestal view -

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Recomposition

Acrylic Paint Formed, Torn, Cut and Sanded on Panel with Topaz, Amethyst, Ametrine and Quartz Crystals
20" x 16" x 5", 2017

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Debris Field

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel
12” x 16” x 4”, 2017

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Dry Bed

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 4”, 2015

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Breakdown, two views

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel
52” x 72” x 6”, 2015

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Breakdown - Exhibition View -

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

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Studio View


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Studio View


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Studio View

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded

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Installation View


In 2006 I began viewing satellite photography of Earth on a regular basis coupled with my observations of aerial views when traveling by plane. Since our origins, as people, are comingled with our Earth, thoughts of its surface as a containment vessel or anthropomorphized skin, deepened my awareness of the many literal and metaphorical connections that we share with the environmental form in which we live. I then began recreating imagined topographical land formations on paper, employing multi-layered processes through printmaking, drawing, and painting.

These works excavate below the surface and began as monoprints which were then printed onto a collagraph. The process continues with stages of drawing and painting and are one-of-a-kind, original prints. Natural materials, such as leaves, vines, tree bark, and soil were incorporated into the transfers to bring the landscape literally into the work, embedding their form into the surface of the paper through a process called debossing. The effect is intended to provide dimension to the paper and parallels the impact that man and nature impose on the land, associating the natural elements of the terrain with our shared, continuing evolution.

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There's a Sunset Coming

Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66" x 36", 2020

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Unrest

Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66" x 36", 2020

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Trouble on the Horizon

Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66" x 36", 2020

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Trouble on the Horizon - detail -
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On the Brink

Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66" x 36", 2020

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Australia - Continental Burn

Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66" x 36", 2020

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Studio View
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Expanse I, II, III

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66" x 36" each, 2019

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The Hours I, II, III

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66" x 36" each, 2019

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The Hours I
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The Hours III
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Into the Abyss I, II, III

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper Mounted on Sintra
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66” x 36” each, 2017

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Into the Abyss II
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Into the Abyss III - detail -


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Deep Waters

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
66” x 36”, 2017

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Lost Horizons

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper Mounted on Panel
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
36” x 66”, 2015

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Encroachment

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
22” x 36”, 2015

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Formations - Dissections

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper Mounted on Panel
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
30" x 22”, 2014

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Force Fields – Wetlands

Mixed Media, Mixed Processes on Paper
Monoprinting, Intaglio, Drawing and Painting
22” x 30”, 2007

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Installation View


This series of watercolor paintings attempts to disperse the image into transparency and is a response to the three-dimensional, solid nature of the relief paintings in Land. The choices of materials and techniques are important considerations in completing my paintings. Here, three-dimensional form is de-emphasized and is represented by the use of transparent paint on paper. Through painting methods of dematerializing and decomposing the image, I ‘let go’ of physicality and attempt to enter the meta-physical.

The images depict cycles of upheaval and evolution which are metaphors for those kinds of experiences in our lives. Since we share our origins with the rest of nature, we can attribute and claim similar transformation and rebirth. Visiting a tsunami site in Japan after the great earthquake of 2011, as well as witnessing burn areas in Southern California and flash flood zones in the Southwest, deepened my awareness of the precarious spectrum of life in the world as well as on an individual basis.

All three series in Land are ongoing...

Dissipation
Orange is the New Blue

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2020

Dissipation
Portal

Watercolor on Paper
12" x 9, 2020

Dissipation
The Rape of the Origin of the World

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2020

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Distinction and Similitude

Watercolor on Paper
12" x 9" 2020

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Destiny

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2018

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Rebirth

Watercolor on Paper
12" x 9", 2017

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Aftermath

Watercolor on Paper
18" x 24", 2017

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Generations

Watercolor on Paper
12" x 9", 2017

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Decomposition

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

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Treading the Unknown

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

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After The Tsunami

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

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Turbulence and Rough Seas

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12" each, 2016

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Merging Into Space

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

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Fade to White

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

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Dissipation

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015

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At One

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015